One of the more challenging aspects of maintaining a beautifully landscaped property is fending off any would-be pests. You have invested valuable time and money into the look and health of your greenspace, the last thing you want to do is to skip out on pest control, allowing species to invade and begin ruining your lawn. They often engage in predatory behavior, feeding on the plants and grass in your yard which slowly destroys them over time. You will notice the health of your lawn decline, losing its full, green vibrancy along with it.
The team of experts at Divine Lawns offers pest control services to help ward off invasive species and pests. There are specific indicators that are visible on your lawn, depending on the type of pest that is thriving in your grass. Grubs for example, tend to eat away at the roots of your lawn, killing the grass immediately above them, leaving telltale circles of bare earth in your lawn. You can trust the specialists at Divine Lawns to recognize lawn-health issues and their associated pest problems.
How Do I Know if My Lawn Has Pests?
Just because your lawn is showing signs of poor health, it doesn’t mean you have pests. Poor lawn health can stem from external factors like fertilizer burn, animals frequently urinating on your grass or grass related diseases. That is why you should consult a professional who can determine the real cause of your lawn’s poor health. If you live in the state of Kansas, the most common pests that infest people’s lawns are as follows:
- White grubs: notorious for aggressive root eating, this is the most common lawn pest in Kansas, grass will appear patchy, dying unevenly.
- Billbugs: although mature bugs may damage your grass, again it is the grub form that is the most destructive. You will notice lawn damage in the form of grass very easily uprooting from the soil as you rake or mow the lawn.
- Cutworms: This species is more of a nuisance to agricultural corn farmers, but there are still widespread cases of infestations in lawn turf.
- Scarab beetles: Again, the mature insects do not damage turf, but root-feeding larvae may weaken plants and kill lawns. Similar symptoms of dying, brown, wilted spots, or bare patches.
How to Apply Lawn Pest Control
There are two methods for applying pest control, the first of which is buying over-the-counter or consumer brand pesticides and if you choose this method, we advise you to strictly follow the instructions listed on the container. The contents can be very hazardous to your health and should be handled and applied with real caution.
The second option is trusting professionals to handle your pest problem. The experts at Divine Lawns have years of experience identifying lawn health issues as well as the pest that is causing them. Once the pest has been identified, we implement highly effective treatments to destroy the population of invasive species in your lawn. Once the infestation has been dealt with, your lawn will still require attentive care as it attempts to repair the damage that has been done.
That’s why it’s so important to act quickly when you notice poor health symptoms like wilting, discoloration, or bare spots. The more time that is allowed to pass without action, the more prevalent the infestation will become and the more widespread the damage will be to your lawn.
At Divine Lawns, our team knows to follow both environmental and personal safety when applying pesticides. We only use as much as necessary, keeping the treatment localized to the problem area and making a conscious effort to destroy the infestation with as little an impact on the environment as possible.
Best Time to Apply Pest Control
The best times to apply pest control often coincide with the months where insect activity is at its highest; when they are populating and the grubs are the most active. When you are deciding how you want to protect your lawn from pests, you can choose one of three methods:
1. Preventative pest control: This method means applying pesticides before any signs of infestation appear. Preventative measures usually only need to be done once per year, sometime between late June and early August. This method requires the least effort and saves your lawn from potential damage by stopping infestations before they begin.
2. Reactive Pest Control: This method is about applying pesticides as symptoms become apparent, treating localized areas with pest control in an attempt to kill a small infestation and salvage the damaged grass.
3. Repairative pest control: Choose to do no preventative or reactive measures and attempt to repair the turf routinely or at the end of the season. This is a bandaid method that just masks the underlying infestation, having the short term benefits but costing you much more time and money in the end.
If you ask any lawn care professional, they will always recommend a mix of preventative and reactive pest control. If you have the means to prevent damage to your lawn, why wouldn’t you? To follow that up, just because you apply preventative pesticides, your work isn’t done. You still need to be diligent about recognizing and acting on any symptoms that may arise throughout the season.
Ready to Schedule Lawn Pest Control Services?
At Divine Lawns, our team is equipped to handle all lawn pest infestations. If you have a perfect lawn and want to keep it that way, or have suffered serious turf loss from pest damage, our team is standing by, ready to create a pest control protocol that is unique to your lawn’s specific needs. With a dedicated effort, we will protect or restore your lawn to its healthy, beautiful, green glory.
If you have any questions about pest control or would like to learn more about our comprehensive lawn care services, call or book a consultation online with the specialists at Divine Lawns today!